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The intrigue with the Olympic luge tragedy video illustrates America's sick fascination with death


Once again America's sick-side is rearing it's ugly head.  Right at the top of the food chain as far as interest goes, is the Olympic luge death video.Nodar Kumaritashvili

Aside from this being a major tragedy, probably the biggest tragedy in sports over the past year-it's incredibly sad for the nation of Georgia.  And, it has cast a sad shadow over the Olympics.  Added to that, the tragic death of luger Nodar Kumaritashvili exposed a serious flaw in the design of the luge track.

With that said, just why are Americans so fascinated with seeing someone's death on video? NBC was playing the clip non-stop on the opening day of the Olympics.  We as a society have a thirst for violence and watching tragedies unfold.  Look how many views the footage of the Boxing Day tsunami from 2004 get on Youtube! It's insane. 

I myself am among the guilty.  I won't deny that I've watched countless videos of tornadoes and that very tsunami clip on many occasions.  This situation sits with me differently though.  When I first saw the footage on NBC, it was awful and disturbing at the same time.  It reminded me of the Dale Earnhart crash at The Daytona several years ago.  But, America's insatiable appetite for the morbid cannot be denied.  Grand Theft Auto is one of the greatest video games of all time and extremely violent.  The Sopranos was hugely popular for a variety of reasons and one of them being it's realistic depiction of violence in the mob.

What is really enraging is the fact that the head of the international luge federation is blaming this death on Kumaritashvili.  How pathetic is that?

Ultimately, we'll move on from this tragedy, but will never forget.  Hopefully this will result in safer tracks not just in Vancouver, but around the world.

Below is a clip of the death of luger Nodar Kumaritashvili.  Bear in mind, it's very disturbing.

Photo of  Nodar Kumaritashvili from http://www.latimes.com